A Lily Like a Flame

Lily in Macro

Lily Flame © 2012 Bo Mackison

Art attempts to find in the Universe, in matter as well as in the facts of life, what is fundamental, enduring, essential. ~ Saul Bellow

I visited the Test Gardens this past weekend, and found that the thousands of lilies in blossom only ten days ago were nearly gone. Amidst the many shriveled lilies, there were only a few in full bloom, including this red hybrid lily. Its identification marker was not in sight, but it sure looks like a flame to me.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Beautiful, warm glow in this daylily.

  2. The color is FANTASTIC! Love it

    • Bo Mackison says:

      There were dozens of different lilies in these test gardens, one more colorful than the next. As if they had gotten a hold of a super saturating bit of DNA!

  3. Beautiful color! I LOVE macro shots of flowers.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Thanks, Odessa. I’m on a macro photography kick with botanicals right now, so there are more coming…

  4. Love the color of this flame.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Amazing when a flower has a fiery flame like that — they are so different. One soft, the other hot and dangerous.

  5. What a delightful image!

  6. i love the vibrance and feel.

  7. Bo Mackison says:

    Thanks, Gandalf. A vibrant heat, I think…

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